1Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying,
2“On the first day of the first month you are to raise up the tabernacle, the Tent of Meeting.
3You are to put the ark of the testimony in it, and you are to screen the ark with the curtain.
4You are to bring in the table and set in order the things that are on it. You are to bring in the menorah and light its lamps.
5You are to set the golden altar of incense before the ark of the testimony and put up the screen for the entrance to the tabernacle.
6“You are to set the altar of burnt offering in front of the entrance of the tabernacle, the Tent of Meeting.
7You are to set the bronze basin between the Tent of Meeting and the altar and are to put water in it.
8You are to set up the courtyard around it and hang up the screen of the gate of the courtyard.”
9“You are to take the anointing oil, and anoint the tabernacle and all that is in it, and are to sanctify it, and all its furniture; and it will be holy.
10You are to anoint the altar of burnt offering, with all its utensils, and sanctify the altar; and the altar will be most holy.
11You are to anoint the bronze basin and its base, and sanctify it.
12“You are to bring Aaron and his sons to the entrance of the Tent of Meeting and are to wash them with water.
13You are to put the holy garments on Aaron, and you are to anoint him and sanctify him, so that he may serve me as priest.
14You are to bring his sons and put tunics on them.
15You are to anoint them as you anointed their father, so that they may serve me as priests. Their anointing will be to them for an everlasting priesthood throughout their generations.”
16So Moses did those things. According to all that Yahweh commanded him, so he did.
17And in the first month in the second year, on the first day of the month, the tabernacle was set up.
18Moses raised up the tabernacle and placed its bases, and set up its boards, and put in its bars and raised up its pillars.
19He spread the covering over the tent and put the roof of the tabernacle on top of it, as Yahweh commanded Moses.
20He took the testimony and put it into the ark, and attached the poles to the ark and put the mercy seat over the ark.
21He brought the ark into the tabernacle and hung up the curtain for the screen, and screened the ark of the testimony as Yahweh commanded Moses.
22He put the table in the Tent of Meeting, on the north side of the tabernacle, outside of the curtain.
23He set the bread in order on it before Yahweh, as Yahweh commanded Moses.
24He put the menorah in the Tent of Meeting, opposite the table, on the south side of the tabernacle,
25and he lit the lamps before Yahweh, as Yahweh commanded Moses.
26He put the golden altar in the Tent of Meeting in front of the curtain,
27and he burned incense made of sweet spices on it, as Yahweh commanded Moses.
28He hung up the curtain at the entrance to the tabernacle.
29He set the altar of burnt offering at the entrance of the tabernacle, the Tent of Meeting, and offered on it the burnt offering and the grain offering, as Yahweh commanded Moses.
30He set the bronze basin between the Tent of Meeting and the altar and put water in for washing.
31Moses, Aaron, and his sons washed their hands and their feet there.
32When they went into the Tent of Meeting and when they came near to the altar, they washed, as Yahweh commanded Moses.
34Then the cloud covered the Tent of Meeting, and the glory of Yahweh filled the tabernacle.
35Moses was not able to enter into the Tent of Meeting because the cloud stayed on it, and Yahweh’s glory filled the tabernacle.
36When the cloud was taken up from over the tabernacle, the children of Israel went onward throughout all their journeys;
37but if the cloud was not taken up, then they did not travel until the day that it was taken up.
38For throughout all their journeys the cloud of Yahweh was on the tabernacle by day and there was fire in the cloud by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel.